13 days in Ireland Itinerary

13 days in Ireland Itinerary

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13 days in Ireland Itinerary

Start: Almeria
Fly:  4 h
1
Dublin
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Buncrana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Ballina
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Galway
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Killarney
— 3 nights
+2
Train + Bus + Fly:  9 h
End: Almeria

1
night
Dublin

Dublin ©
A history spanning over a thousand years, vibrant nightlife, and a mix of Georgian and modern architecture make Dublin a popular European tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Portmarnock Beach and then delve into the distant past at Bru na Boinne. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at Trinity College Dublin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Dublin travel itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Almeria, Spain to Dublin. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Greenwich Mean Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Almeria in December, with highs in Dublin at 9°C and lows at 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Buncrana.

Things to do in Dublin

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Bru na Boinne, Portmarnock Beach
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Bru na Boinne ©
Bru na Boinne
Portmarnock Beach ©
Portmarnock Beach
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum ©
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

2
nights
Buncrana

Buncrana ©
Buncrana is a town in County Donegal, Ireland. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Straghill Beach, then kick back and relax at Dunree Bay, and then explore the ancient world of Grianan Of Aileach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Church, Buncrana and then kick back and relax at Back Strand Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Buncrana sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Dublin to Buncrana with the Route module. Traveling from Dublin in December, Buncrana is a bit warmer at night with lows of 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ballina.

Things to do in Buncrana

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Back Strand Beach, Grianan Of Aileach
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St Mary's Church, Buncrana ©
St Mary's Church, Buncrana
Grianan Of Aileach ©
Grianan Of Aileach

3
nights
Ballina

Ballina ©
Straddling the River Moy near Ireland's northern Atlantic coast, the town of Ballina has roots dating as far back as 1375.
Visiting Ross Beach and Strandhill Beach will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Belleek Castle Museum and Moyne Abbey. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ballina: Yeats's Grave (in Drumcliff) and Sligo (Sligo Abbey, Carrowkeel, & more).

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ballina itinerary maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Buncrana to Ballina. Traveling from Buncrana in December, Ballina is little chillier at night with lows of 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galway.

Things to do in Ballina

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Sligo, Killala, Yeats's Grave, Michael Davitt Museum
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Strandhill Beach ©
Strandhill Beach
Belleek Castle Museum ©
Belleek Castle Museum
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery ©
Carrowkeel Passage Tomb Cemetery

2
nights
Galway

Galway ©
A major hub for visitors exploring Ireland's western regions, Galway serves as a city of art and culture, renowned for its vibrant lifestyle and numerous festivals.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at The Burren. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Salthill Beaches and then explore the historical opulence of Ashford Castle.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galway vacation trip planner.

Drive from Ballina to Galway in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Galway, expect temperatures between 10°C during the day and 3°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Killarney.

Things to do in Galway

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

The Burren, Ashford Castle
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The Burren ©
The Burren
Ashford Castle ©
Ashford Castle
Salthill Beaches ©
Salthill Beaches

3
nights
Killarney

Killarney ©
Continuously inhabited since the Neolithic period, Killarney draws visitors with its picturesque natural scenery, fine restaurants, and traditional pubs.
Step off the beaten path and head to Inch Beach and Ring of Kerry. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Back Lane Gallery and Muckross Abbey. Step out of Killarney with an excursion to Banna Strand in Tralee--about 48 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Ladies' View, take in the dramatic natural features at Conor Pass, and stroll through Torc Mountain Walk.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Killarney online itinerary creator.

Drive from Galway to Killarney in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 10°C in January, and nighttime lows around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Killarney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Banna Strand, Inch Beach, Conor Pass, Ring of Kerry
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Inch Beach ©
Inch Beach
Banna Strand
Banna Strand
Conor Pass ©
Conor Pass

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